What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world originating in China more than 3,000 years ago. It is one aspect of Traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture began to become better known in the North American in 1970’s.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that our health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy. When we are in perfect health all the energy runs harmoniously throughout our body. When an illness arises the flow of energy becomes disturbed and this can manifest in a diverse array of symptoms. Using very fine needles acupuncture aims to correct the flow of energy and by doing this the symptoms and the illness will be resolved.
How safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture when practiced by a licensed professional is very safe. Like most acupuncturists we use sterile, disposable needles. Oriental medicine is drug free and so avoids the side effects of western pharmaceuticals.
Side effects from acupuncture are rare, but may include: bruising, drowsiness, light headedness or soreness. All of these are temporary and short lived.
How Acupuncture Works?
It strengthens the immune system by increasing T-cell counts. This may be why it is effective on allergies and chronic fatigue syndrome.
It releases endorphins that play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain, arthritis, ulcers and also for P.M.S.
Endorphins, released through acupuncture, not only relax the whole body, but they also regulate serotonin in the brain, which is responsible for the regulation of our moods. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.
It breaks the spastic cycle that muscles can get caught in, causing unrelenting tightness and pain. It does this by increasing circulation.
Why have Acupuncture treatments?
- Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of medicine.
- Acupuncture is holistic and aims to regulate the energetic of the body and bring it back into balance.
- Acupuncture treats both the symptoms and the root of an illness.
- Acupuncture can identify imbalances in the body at a very early stage.
- Acupuncture can treat signs and symptoms that may not have a clear Western medical diagnosis.
- Acupuncture can help you come off certain prescription.
- Acupuncture can be a useful alternative if you do not wish to take prescription drugs for whatever personal or medical reasons.
- Acupuncture may be the last alternative after trying everything else! It is not uncommon for patients to come to the clinic as a 'last measure'.
What are the indications for acupuncture
Acupuncture can be effectively used as the sole complete treatment of an indicated disorder or it can be used as the support or adjunct to treatment in many medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization has recommended the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including :
- Abdominal pain
- Poor vision
- Menopausal symptoms
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Addiction control
- Athletic performance
- Blood pressure, regulation
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune system tonification
- Stress reduction
- Muscle cramping
- Muscle pain/weakness
- Neck pain
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
- Parkinson's disease
- Postoperative pain
- Common cold
- Smoking cessation
Indications in Gynaecology and Obstetrics
- Dysfunction uterine bleeding
- Ovulation Induction
- Anesthesia during oocyte aspiration
- Improvement in sperm quality
- post chemotherapy
- postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Hot Flushes
- night sweats
Relaxation during labour
Breech presentation of the fetus
- urinary retention
- perineal pain
- retention of lochia
To promote lactation
To inhibit lactation